Disney fans are calling on the company’s parks to change the theme of one of their most popular attractions.
A petition that is posted on Change.org asks Disney to remove all references to its 1946 film “Song of the South” from Splash Mountain.
The petition claims the movie is “steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes” and suggests that Disney re-theme the ride around “Princess and the Frog.”
Tiana, the main character in that film, is recognized for being Disney’s first African American princess.
As of Thursday morning, the petition had more than 8,000 signatures, with a goal of 10,000 at this point.
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The call for change comes as discussions continue about racial injustice, following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.
Bystander video shows the 46-year-old man struggling to breathe while in police custody on May 25.
Police officer Derek Chauvin could be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — have all been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.